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Rio 2016: Queen Hails 'Magnificent' Paralympians on Homecoming

The Queen has praised the performance of Britain's Paralympics team at Rio 2016 as "magnificent" as the athletes returned to the UK on a special flight.

Parades to celebrate the country's Olympic and Paralympic success have been confirmed for Manchester on 17 October and London a day later.

Paralympic medallists were welcomed by fans and family who met their flight at London Heathrow on Tuesday morning.

GB won 147 medals, 64 of them gold, at the Paralympics and 67 Olympic medals.

US Paralympics announce full delegation for Rio 2016

Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long poses for a portrait at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit in Beverly Hills, California© • Getty Images

 

US Paralympics has announced its full team competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, held 7-18 September. The 267-member team, which includes seven guides for athletes with visual impairments, is the largest US delegation in history.

Team USA Comes Home with 115 Medals, 40 Golds!

(L-R) Amanda McGrory, Tatyana McFadden and Chelsea McClammer swept the podium twice during Team USA's 115-medal haul at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Photo courtesy of Getty Images


Team USA wrapped up the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, having completed its most successful performances at the Games in recent history. The team of 289 athletes won a total of 115 medals, and finished fourth in the overall medal count.

Below are some of the highlights of the outstanding U.S. athlete and team performances in Rio. 

Rachael Morrison Smashes Her Own World Record For Paralympic Discus Gold

Photo Courtesy of Joe Kusumoto

Two new Paralympic champions were crowned at Olympic Stadium Wednesday as Team USA added five medals to its tally, including two gold, and smashed a world record.

SUMMER OF SPONGEBOB

Paramount Home Entertainment has launched their #SummerofSpongeBob with printable and other fun items being released daily for a month. These activities will keep your kids busy while they are not in school. With new crafts and games each day, kids have something new and fun to look forward to during these first days of summer.

Fun and Therapeutic Water Play in Your Own Backyard or Neighborhood Pool

Who wants to jump into a cool pool on a hot summer day? Your child does!

Occupational Therapy Month

With the rise of autism and the promotions to increase autism awareness, April is a pretty full month.  However, autism shares April with occupational therapy, and the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) lovingly calls April “OT Month.”

Yoga for People with Disabilities

Imagine a calm room with zen music streaming from the speakers, and an instructor directs the people in the room to place their hands on the floor and their buttocks in the air.  You might recognize the pose as the downward dog, but it might take a moment to realize it’s not your typical adult yoga class.  Yoga instruction for children and adults with disabilities is increasingly in popularity.

April Showers

The children’s verse “April Showers bring May flowers” sets the theme for this month’s fun ideas.  For many families spring does bring unpredictable weather with some warm days and some cold days, rain and sometimes snow.  When it is too cold to go outside kids can make a rainbow with spray bottles or bend water with a balloon. When the weather is warm outside they can set up a sprinkler obstacle course that will water the yard and provide a lot of fun.

Ten Tips for Playdate Inclusion Among Kids of All Abilities

Playdates are beneficial for ALL children to practice critical social skills on which future relationships will be built.  The benefits of playdates include: increasing confidence; improving social decision making; and practicing skills in an adult supervised yet natural setting.  Playing together allows kids to be a part of the action vs.